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Science of Music Seminar: Towards a Theory for Understanding the Socio-emotional Benefits of Singing

Frank Russo, Ph. D Towards a Theory for Understanding the Socio-emotional Benefits of Singing In this talk l present a working model that attempts to ground some of the prosocial gains observed in music interventions by way of sensorimotor interactions. Evidence in support of the model will be drawn from recent studies in my lab that…

Posted on May 15, 2017 in events, Seminars, Uncategorized


Sara Beck at Vanderbilt music mind society

Brown Bag Series: Sing a Song About Sharing: Does Music Making Affect Preschoolers’ Social Behavior?

Sara L. Beck, M.S. Ph.D. Candidate, Rieser Lab Psychology & Human Development Graduate Assistant, Program for Music, Mind & Society at Vanderbilt Educational children’s media relies heavily upon musical sequences to convey prosocial messages about desirable behaviors, but little is known about the conditions under which children’s social behavior is most likely to be influenced…

Posted on May 11, 2017 in events, Seminars


Miriam Lense at Vanderbilt Music Mind Society

Brown Bag Series: Rhythmic entrainment and social engagement: Using music cognition to examine social communication development

      Miriam Lense, Ph.D Research Fellow, Department of Otolaryngology Vanderbilt University Medical Center       Rhythmic entrainment and social engagement: Using music cognition to examine social communication development Successful social communication relies on predictable, rhythmic behaviors to which individuals are sensitive from infancy. I will present results from a series of studies…

Posted on May 11, 2017 in events, Seminars


Reyna Gordon PhD

Exploring Rhythm as a Foundational component of Language Development

Wednesday, November 16, 2016 (12:10pm – Vanderbilt University Medical Center – Wilson Hall Room 113) Exploring Rhythm as a Foundational component of Language Development A growing body of evidence points to shared neural resources between language and music skills, but the relationship between rhythm and grammar development has received little attention until recently. Dr. Reyna…

Posted on November 16, 2016 in events, Seminars, , , , , , ,


Science of Music Seminar: Music, Memory, and the Brain

Petr Janata, PhD Professor, Department of Psychology Center for Mind and Brain University of California, Davis | Music, Memory, and the Brain   Music-evoked autobiographical memories and associated emotions such as nostalgia are among the strongest experiences that individuals have when listening to music. Dr. Janata will describe behavioral and neuroimaging experiments aimed at understanding…

Posted on April 20, 2016 in events, Seminars


Science of Music Seminar: From Perception to Pleasure: Music and its neural substrates

Robert Zatorre, Ph.D. Robert Zatorre, Ph.D. Auditory Processing Lab Montreal Neurological Institute and Hospital McGill University From Perception to Pleasure: Music and its neural substrates Music has existed in human societies since prehistory, perhaps in part because it allows expression and regulation of emotion, and evokes pleasure. In this lecture I will present findings from…

Posted on April 6, 2016 in events, Seminars


Schutz vanderbilt music mind society

Science of Music Seminar: Exploring the communication of emotion in music

Michael Schutz, Ph.D. Michael Schutz, Ph.D. Associate Professor Music Cognition/Percussion Founding Director Music Acoustics Perception Learning (MAPLE) Lab McMaster University Exploring the communication of emotion in music Music’s emotional power has fascinated great thinkers from Plato to Darwin.  Rigorous experiments manipulating melodies demonstrate that that alterations to pitch height, timing, and modality (major/minor) produce consequent…

Posted on March 30, 2016 in events, Seminars


Science of Music Seminar: How interpersonal synchrony cues infant social behaviour

Ms. Laura Cirelli Laura Cirelli Doctoral Student McMaster University Auditory Development Lab Moving to music with babies: How interpersonal synchrony cues infant social behaviour When we move together in synchrony with others (e.g. by walking in step, rowing, dancing, singing or clapping), affiliative behaviours are encouraged. People are subsequently more cooperative, helpful, and trusting towards…

Posted on March 23, 2016 in events, Seminars


Science of Music Seminar: What can the perception of speech sounds tell us about music and vice versa?

Andrew Lotto, Ph.D. Andrew Lotto, Ph.D. Associate Professor, Speech, Language and Hearing Sciences Auditory Cognitive Neuroscience Lab University of Arizona What can the perception of speech sounds tell us about music and vice versa? Hearing is often considered a “lesser” sense to vision and research into visual perception has far outpaced what has been studied…

Posted on March 16, 2016 in events, Seminars


Science of Music Seminar: Musical and linguistic pattern perception: A developmental approach

Erin Hannon, Ph.D. Erin Hannon, Ph.D. Director UNLV Music Lab, Auditory Cognition and Development Associate Professor, Psychology University of Nevada, Las Vegas Musical and linguistic pattern perception: A developmental approach Music and language share important features, however these shared features may have distinct functions in each domain. For example, while melody is a fundamental organizing…

Posted on March 2, 2016 in events, Seminars